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Program in Course Redesign

Tallahassee Community College

Course Title: College Composition
Contact: Sally Search

Tallahassee Community College redesigned College Composition, a required course for all degree-seeking students. The course served approximately 3,000 students annually in sections of 30 students. The traditional format made it difficult to address individual needs. Considerable class time was given to reviewing and re-teaching basic skills, thus, reducing the amount of time students had to engage in the writing process. Additionally, success rates were poor (less than 60% annually). The planned redesign involved using appropriate technologies to provide diagnostic assessments resulting in individualized learning plans; interactive tutorials in grammar, mechanics, reading comprehension, and basic research skills; online tutorials for feedback on written assignments; follow-up assessments; and discussion boards to facilitate the development of learning communities. Students submitted mid-stage drafts to online tutors at TCC or to SMARTHINKING, reducing the burden on the Writing Center and the amount of time faculty spend grading papers. These activities took place outside the classroom, accessible to students at any time. The classroom environment was restructured to include a wide range of writing activities that foster collaboration, proficiency, and higher levels of thinking. The redesign resulted in a planned reduction in the cost per student from $252 to $145, an estimated savings of 43%. The results of the completed redesign can be found by following the links listed below under Final Report.

Initial Planning (as of 7/1/01)

Interim Progress Report (as of 12/31/02)

Final Report (as of 10/31/03)

 

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